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battered the potential for severe thunderstorms. still possible, but it does not help in terms of getting severe storms. it robs them of instability. let's first look at the tornado watch that is in effect for the majority of the region south of the metro. d.c., fairfax, and restore discount the, prince william, fauquier county, rappahannock and southward are included in the tornado watch until 4:00 p.m. there are variables that could cause an isolated thunderstorm, but the odds don't look as good as a couple hours ago. there is that line of showers heavy in nature from their facts and down into virginia. nothing severe at this time. there's a cold front moving in with a big change is behind that.
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more on this and the forecast, coming up. a flight turns into a frightening moment this morning for local air travelers. a continental flight left reagan national bound for houston, texas, but made an emergency detour over to dulles international airport. joins us live. >> abc 7 has obtained a tape of a pilot speaking to air traffic control from this light where the pilot says that they hit some birds. that flight landed at dulles airport about a half-hour after taking off at reagan national. certainly some tense moments in the skies. scary moments this morning just moments after an airplane took off from reagan national airport. continental airlines flight 1559 took off around 7:20 bound
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for houston. it did not make it far. a burger sucked into one of the engines, causing it to fail. the plane was diverted to dulles airport, where it landed safely. >> that's good that they did what they did. >> airline officials say 44 people on board, but no one was injured. people flying out of dollars today say there's always a risk in flying. -- people flying out of dulles airport. >> it is a rare enough recurrence -- a recurrence -- occurrance. >> all the people on board the flight are being booked on to another flight out of here to houston. brianne carter, abc 7 news. the key bridges back open after two serious accidents, including one that injured a d.c. police officer. 11:00 last night, a hit-and-run
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driver killed the driver of a moped. then and while officer was investigating that crash, he was hit by another vehicle. the driver did state the scene. he has been charged with dui. the officer is in stable condition. police are still looking for the driver of the suv involved in the original fatal crash. video of a collision between a minivan and a house in bowie. this was a long metal and road. investigators are not saying what led to the crash -- along meadowland road. it caused part of the garage to collapse. and least one person was injured. lawmakers are getting back to work with no time to waste. both sides hoped to avoid shutting down the government for the first time in 16 years. the deadline is days away. now more from abc's's josh
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hendren. >> the government appears on a deal -- on the verge of a deal to avoid a shutdown. >> that appears to be the direction, but probably not the end of the story. republicans want social security and medicare programs cut. >> we are broke. >> tougher cuts could lead to an impasse and possibly even a shutdown. >> as we make these decisions about our budget going forward, i believe everyone should get the table. the concept of shared sacrifice should prevail. >> governors meeting with the president say more cuts could drive states to the brink of bankruptcy. >> the reality for all of us is this conversation about
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bankruptcy has killed some of the economic development conversation, not just in america or in the south or in northwest or whatever region you come from, but around the world. >> a shutdown is not really a shutdown. the mail will still be delivered and the faa will continue to direct air traffic and social security checks will still go out. but for nonessential workers, that means no pay until funding is restored. there are explosive allegations from a former d.c. government staffer. sulaiman brown was abruptly fired last week from his job as an auditor in the d.c. department of health care finance. that came after reports of alleged stalking incident. today he charged that the mayor vincent gray was instrumental in getting him a government post as a thank you for statements that than candidate brown made on the campaign trail last year. >> it was during the campaign
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and also after he got elected, he assured me throughout -- from the time that he was running through the time that he was sworn in. >> brown denied the stocking allegation and the accused vincent gray's staff members of coming up with phony documents. no reaction from the city government yet > unable economy's growth of use of synthetic marijuana continues. more midshipmen will likely face expulsion. the investigation into the use of the drug known as spice began in october. eight midshipmen have been expelled. spice is legal in maryland. that drug is widely used at the academy according to some midshipmen. maryland lawmakers considering legalizing medical marijuana. the state passed legislation last year to allow marijuana
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prescriptions for certain patients, the house wanted more time to study the measure >>. the european union is imposing an arms embargo and sanctions against libya. the u.n. human rights council meeting in geneva, u.s. secretary of state clinton is appealing for stronger action. libby oppose the former and justice minister says that he is heading a transitional group that will hold elections in three months. in an exclusive interview, moammar gaddafi's sun says that his father will not step down. >> president obama has called on your father to step down. what do you think about that? >> this is not a solution. >> his son claims that if his father were to leave, civil war would erupt. the turmoil in libya is fueling more pain at the pump in our area.
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regular unleaded gas is up 13 cents over the past week. the national average for gas is $3.29, the highest level ever for this time of year. in the metro region, some drivers are paying $4 a gallon at some stations. work is about to begin on a 15-month construction projects in adams morgan. starting tomorrow, they will make improvements to the roads, sidewalks, landscaping, and lighting on 18th street from florida avenue to columbia road. the streetscape project will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. monday through friday through may of 2012. america goes the last surviving wwi veteran has died. frank buckles' died yesterday at his home in charlestown, west virginia at age of 110. he lied about his age to be able to list. he served as a driver and
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warehouse clerk in england and in france. he pushed for a national wwi memorial in the nation's capital. coming up, it is hollywood's night on the town. what were the standout moments at this year's oscars? >> i woke up and decided i have been kicked around and criticized. >> charlie sheen uncensored and unhinged, the tv star opens up about drug use and more. flames destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres in texas, how the wind is fighting back against the firefighters. we have powerful
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it was billed as a young girl, hipper oscars, but it had historical films taking top honors over the more edgy films. now the details from hollywood. >> the oscar goes to -- speech" got the royal treatment, winning four oscars including one for best picture. colin firth was named best actor for his role as a stammering king george. he hoped that his performance did some good. >> i hope the center message. shining light on something with a badly needed it. >> best actress honors went to natalie portman for ""black swan." christian bale won best supporting actor while his co- star from the fighter" was
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named best supporting actress. melissa leo surprised everyone while using profanity. >> when i watched kate two years ago, it looked so [bleep] easy. >> james franco and anne hathaway opened with a montage of several films nominated for best picture. then they told people what they were chosen to do the academy awards. >> you look so beautiful and so hip. >> thank you. you look appealing to the younger demographic as well, james. >> there was a fashion excitement with anne hathaway wearing a different outfits every time she could. "inception" won as many awards as "the king's speech," four. the social network got three.
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firefighters in taxes are battling wildfires. flames have burned more than 100,000 acres in west texas and destroyed 70 houses. powerful and grounded its firefighting aircraft on sunday, and they are expected to try to fly again today. a blanket to interstate 20 outside midland's and caused a traffic pileup that killed a small child. they're still high risk of more fires in parts of that region. most of the country is on storm watch today. wild weather is pounding the midwest. severe storms ripped through st. louis over night, knocking out power to thousands. a street light was torn down by the strong wind. it is left dangling a ground. heavy rain came down in sheets in parts of that state. farther west, a news crew spotted these. these are funnel clouds forming in southern kansas, part of a massive storm system that stretched across oklahoma. severe weather brought high
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winds and hail. hailstorms pounded the area south of wichita. no reports of major damage. quite an active weather day and all over, including right here in the d.c. area. >> it is a dynamic system. this time of year we get a sharp temperature contrasts in the nation and even in the metro area and that helps fuel these intense storms. that can happen like what happens in kansas. >> we have what is or warnings? >> only watches right now. just a tornado watch for the metro area including d.c., fairfax, prince george's county, and salads word. this is until 4:00 p.m. for the counties shaded in yellow. this is only a wide. that means conditions are there. the ingredients are there for potentially a tornado or two. isolated tornado possible. we have yet to mix ingredients together for a tornado. should that happen, we will have all morning and we will get back to you right away.
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here's a look at live triple dr. 7 radar. d.c. south words, does down 95 right now, if that is where we have been of this line of thunderstorms moving through. we are keeping an eye on this section moving through dale city along 95, those glasses are lightning. a purple is a bigger signature on the radar screen. that could indicate a little pale -- hail. these are flying eastward, moving much faster and than your typical thunderstorm, maybe reaching walworth in 20 minutes or so. we have this line. as it moves into southern maryland, it could get into an atmosphere that is a little more ripe for a tornado. as i said earlier, the odds of
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that are diminishing. the storms are moving in a little quicker than anticipated. that limited the daytime heating and limited the destabilization of our atmosphere. remember the initial line? we could have a few scattered showers through the afternoon and evening, tapering off tonight especially near bedtime. skies clear out while we are sleeping. then the wind picks up out of the north through the night and temperatures will drop. it's 56 -- 66 downtown right now, 73 in quantico in the seven deposing, those areas are where thunderstorm action and potential spending could occur. in the 30 posed tonight, pealing like the 20's. there is a wind advisory possibly to be posted for parts of our region tonight. sunny and cooler tomorrow in low 40's. this week that temperatures will be up and down, typical of march. >> thank you. moving on to other news,
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furloughs and the district impact in 911 calls. our news partners reported almost 200 calls went unanswered last tuesday. that's because there were not enough employees there to answer them. to help close the budget gap, some district employees have been placed on mandatory furloughs from now through july 31. all emergency operation employees will stay home at least four days through july 31. the d.c. council will look at the breathalyzer controversy. a hearing today will examine incorrectly calibrated breath testing equipment. this faulty equipment, led prosecutors to drop a number of there drunk driving cases. virginia is making parts of 66 easier for drivers to navigate. all drivers are now able to use exit ramps from 66 to monument drive and a stringfellow road for part of the day. it will be open to all traffic during the day and on weekends
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during off-peak times. coming up -- >> are you going to stay? >> wouldn't you stay? i have a job. >> why charlie sheen is attacking the network that pulled his show from the air. >> today on "oprah," she takes over the academy [ female announcer ] shopping with nutrition in mind shouldn't be hard work or cost more money. now there's simple nutrition, only at safeway. green tags throughout the store call out what matters most to you. ♪ there are 22 different nutritional benefits highlighted. ♪ and with our low prices, now safeway makes bringing home the right choices easier than ever. that's simple nutrition. ♪ that's ingredients for life. safeway.
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charlie sheen is back on tv and lashing out against critics and his bosses at cbs. he sat down with abc to talk about cbs's decision to put his show on hold. he also bragged about his wild
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parties and his drug use. >> i am on a drug. it is called charlie sheen. it is not available. if you try it once, your face will melt. >> are you proud of that party moment? >> because i exposed people to something they are never otherwise coin to see in their boring lives and i gave that to them. >> he says that he plans to sue cbs and demand $3 million per episode to return to official. you can see the entire explosive interview tomorrow night. it is a special edition of abc's "20/20." and we will learn what the actor told her about the situation, tomorrow at noon. 01-year-old girl was trapped
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in a bank vault on friday in suburban atlanta. a curious child was at the bank where her mother works. around closing time the woman lost track of the child. the girl had wandered into the vault. the door shut behind her. bank workers, police, fire officials if spent 30 minutes trying to pry the door open. finally, a locksmith was called in to save the day. >> she was crying before i got to her. she was scared because of the drilling noise. once i heard her crying, i knew she was ok. >> they were pumping oxygen into the vault because there was just a nine-hour of oxygen supply. after three hours, the little girl was rescued and reunited with her family. quite a story. still and ed, adam caskey quite a story. still and ed, adam caskey
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captioned by the national captioning institute >> who would you say is under the gun right now? >> lower southern maryland. timeve had a little more to destabilize, their atmosphere. there's a lot of storms quickly moving off to the east and building to the south as well. continuing to push eastward. a few lingering showers left behind that for the afternoon and evening. some of those storms could become severe. clearing and windy tonight. much colder tomorrow, highs in the 40's.
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drive for the rest of the week. the 40's. drive for the rest of the week.
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ABC February 28, 2011 12:00pm-12:30pm EST

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